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Why Tears Are of Value

"Jesus wept." - John 11:35

I. Tears of Confession
"And Peter remembered the word of Jesus...And he went out, and wept bitterly" - (Matthew 26:75).
Peter denied Christ. He was ashamed to be counted as one of His disciples when the pressure was on. But when Peter wept bitterly in confession and repentence...he was forgiven and spiritually restored.

We must never allow social pressures to keep us from taking our stand for Christ or cause us to be ashamed of Him. For those who have rejected or failed Christ -- tears of confession and repentance -- with faith -- are needed to receive restoration (I John 1:9).

II. Tears of Commitment
"Serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears..." (Acts 20:19).
Paul was totally committed to Christ. No sacrifice was too great. No burden, too heavy. No task, too difficult. No affliction, too severe. With tears of consecration -- he served the Lord humbly and finished his course with joy. If we are totally committed to Christ - the Holy Spirit will enable and empower us to do God's work. We will help the needy, comfort the bereaved, and witness to the lost with joy.

III. Tears of Compassion
"...He beheld the city, and wept over it" (Luke 19:41).
Jesus had great compassion. He was concerned about the sinful, the sick, and the sorrowful. We wept with compassion because He loved. We must also love others. Tears of compassion will heal hurts, remove resentments, soothe strifes, and conquer conflicts. There is no defense against love. We should love with tears of compassion as Jesus did. he cared so much that He died for us (Galatians 2:20).

IV. Tears of Conquest
"They that sow in tears shall reap in joy" (Psalm 126:5).
Christians may not always have an easy life in today's troubled world. Sometimes there are mountains to climb, valleys to descend, and rivers to cross. We must give God first place and do those things faithfully that bring glory to Him. If at times we have to "sow in tears" we "shall reap in joy." Christians can be conquerors even in this life. But the best is yet to come. Eternal life with the Lord awaits the faithful. Heaven is a place where tears will be unknown.
"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes...for the former things are passed away" (Revelation 21:4).